We all have goals and ambitions – some people seem to have so much drive that you wonder when they sleep. Others seem to have no motivation to move from their couch. Regardless of how focused we are, we all want more out of life.
But, what happens when we become so greedy that we lose sight of our relationship with God?
We live in an age of excess. Generations past looked to their neighbors and wanted to “keep up with the Jones’s.” How often do we interact with our neighbors? We spend more time watching our TVs than chatting over the fence with our neighbors. This leads to a disconnect from reality and what is sufficient for our lives. We see celebrities globe trotting and driving luxury vehicles and we think this is the norm. We want to live like them. And we drive ourselves into debt to have that lifestyle.
In the gospel today, Jesus is challenging His disciples (and us) to consider what we may lose by choosing the greed and excess of our society instead of praising Him for our blessings and recognizing all that has been given to us.